ENCOURAGING WORDS FROM THE HEART OF THE PASTOR:
FINISH WHAT YOU START
“I have finished the work You gave Me.” John 17:4
I have discovered that when what you start goes unfinished it can drain your energy without you even realizing it. William James said, “There is nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task.” And the Internet has made the problem even worse, because now you get more “messages” in one day than you used to get in a month. When you don't focus on something, you simply don't finish it. So you end up frustrated, feeling like “nothing is getting done”. If you don't take control of your time, your time will take control of you. You will find that people and seeming urgent situations will eat up all your time and you will have little or no time at all to finish your own business.
Even before Jesus picked His twelve disciples, walked on water or calmed the storm on Galilee, He spent all night in prayer. “He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone” (John 6:15 NKJV). Note the word “again”. Jesus regularly retreated from the pressures of the crowd, in prayer, in order to determine His priorities. Mac Anderson says: “Something magical happens when we accept personal responsibility for our behavior and results. But it's not easy... it's human nature to “pass the buck”. As I've become older (and wiser), when things go wrong... I can always find the culprit... in the mirror. In every instance it comes back to choices I've made that put me exactly where I am today. Adopting an attitude of personal accountability means you've more control over your destiny... you become a contributor instead of a passive observer... You experience the satisfaction that comes from getting things done... there's less anger, frustration and helplessness, which in turn leads to better physical health... There's a positive spillover into your personal and spiritual life. Sometimes winning isn't about finishing first, it's about finishing what you started!” So I say to you Greater Mt. Sinai, the same power that propelled Jesus to finish the work on Calvary’s cross that God gave Him to finish, is also available to us. All we must do now is use it.
Rev. Dr. Major Stewart, Pastor
Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church
Sunday, April 15, 2018